Robert McDonald is Gaylord Freeman Distinguished Chair in Banking a Professor of Finance. He has been a faculty member at Kellogg since 1984 and also served as Finance department chair and and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Before joining Kellogg, he was a faculty member at Boston University and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He has taught courses in derivatives, corporate finance, taxation, and data analytics.
Professor McDonald's research interests include corporate finance, taxation, derivatives, and applications of option pricing theory to corporate investments. He has won research awards, including the Graham and Dodd Scroll from the Financial Analyst's Federation, the Iddo Sarnat Prize from the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Smith Breeden Prize from the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies Prize from the Review of Financial Studies.
Professor McDonald is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a former director of the American Finance Association, Former Co-Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has served on a number of editorial boards, including those for the Journal of Finance, Management Science, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He is the author of Derivatives Markets, 3e, and Fundamentals of Derivatives Markets. He received a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.